Quebec law firm Kugler Kandestin is making preparations to launch a class action lawsuit against Netflix, representing all Quebec Netflix subscribers who have been forced to pay more for the streaming service, reports Global.
A lawyer from the firm told Global the lawsuit aims to get all Quebec Netflix-users a refund for the increased prices and millions of dollars in punitive damages.
Simple rage for being forced to pay $10.99/month to binge-watch Buffy, a jump from the previous $8.99 rate-of-monthly-pay, isn't what's driving the class action lawsuit. Well, not entirely.
The motion says Netflix didn't follow Quebec's Consumer Protection Act, not telling Netflix-users how much they were paying before the hike and not explicitly offering a cancellation if they didn't want the increased fees.
If you're a Quebec Netflix subscriber, don't expect to get a handsome reimbursement just yet. The lawsuit still needs to be authorized by a Quebec judge.
Regardless of whether the lawsuit goes forward, though, it's nice to see that even stereotypically-stuffy lawyers are passionate about Netflix, because keeping binge-watching affordable is pretty much a basic human right.
Presented by Netflix, Shondaland and Fever, The Queen's Ball: A Bridgerton Experience lets participants relive the main character's story. How? With actors dressed in period costumes, interactive rooms decorated in Regency-era style and a live string quartet playing the Bridgerton soundtrack in the background.
"Attendees will be acquainted with familiar characters to relive and participate in much-loved moments from Netflix and Shondaland's hit series," reads a press release from Netflix.
The experience includes a trip to Madame Delacroix's modiste to get fitted for the occasion, as well as a stop at an underground Regency-era painting studio, where guests can "strike their most regal pose." Then comes a "highly-anticipated visit with the Queen" to try to win her favour.
Yes, that does mean one of you could be named the season's diamond!
Participants will attend an actual ball complete with music, dancing, acrobatic performances, interactive experiences, a dance show, cocktails and more.
Montreal is one of just four cities — and the only Canadian city — that gets to preview the Bridgerton experience before it tours the world.
Details are still limited but you can mark your calendar for early 2022 when the experience is expected to take place at "a secret stunning location in Montreal" with various sessions from Tuesday to Saturday. Each session lasts 90 minutes.
Tickets start at $45 per person and you must be 17+ with a valid ID to take part.
You can join the waitlist right now and tickets go on sale on September 16 at 10 a.m.
In Quebec, a vaccine passport is required to access many businesses and activities deemed non-essential, including restaurants and bars.
While there's a myriad of possible reasons as to why Trudeau is ahead in the province, his handling of the pandemic could be the biggest. Among the Quebecers polled, 46% believed that health care is the most pressing issue in the upcoming election and 53% said the current prime minister "has performed well on pandemic management."
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"We, the undersigned, demand that the Government of Quebec publicly reject, as of now, the idea of a mandatory vaccination passport and that it commit itself to do like the Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, has done, that is to say, prohibit the obligation to present a vaccination passport in order to attend certain events and practice certain activities," the petition states.
Samson, a former Coalition Avenir Québec member who switched sides in June, held a press conference about the petition alongside Conservative Party of Quebec leader Eric Duhaime on August 12. They explained that the party had already collected 133,000 signatures on a previous petition that did not meet the criteria of the National Assembly.
"We reviewed the wording [...] So we're going to ask these hundreds of thousands of people to re-sign their petition on the National Assembly website, and we're going to invite Quebecers who don't agree with the vaccine passport to come forward as well," Samson said.
The petition, which was posted to the National Assembly website on August 12, had garnered more than 75,000 signatures at the time this article was published.
Mary Simon's approval rating is lower in Quebec compared to the rest of Canada, a poll released Wednesday showed, because the new governor general can't speak French.
An Angus Reid Institute poll of 2,049 Canadians found only 49% of Quebecers approve of her appointment compared to 74% of respondents in the rest of the country.
"Despite being from Nunavik (the Inuit homeland in Northern Quebec), and having been awarded the [province's] highest distinction, many Quebecers remain unconvinced Mary Simon is the best choice for governor general due to her lack of fluency in French," stated the Angus Reid Institute.
"Support is cleaved along linguistic divides in the only majority Francophone province in Canada," it continued, as only 40% of Quebecers whose first language is French approve of her appointment compared to 81% of English speakers.
Though Simon, the country's first Indigenous governor general, is not currently fluent in French, she has promised to learn, Angus Reid stated.